Oscar / Best Actor

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The Oscar for best leading actor honors the achievements of male leading actors in a film . The award is traditionally awarded by last year's Oscar winner for best actress .

superlative Best Actor Best supporting actor total
Most award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis 3 Walter Brennan 3 Walter Brennan
Jack Nicholson
Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor with the most nominations Spencer Tracy
Laurence Olivier
9 Jack Nicholson
Claude Rains
Arthur Kennedy
Walter Brennan
4th Jack Nicholson 12th
Actors with the most nominations
(without ever winning)
Peter O'Toole 8th Claude Rains
Arthur Kennedy
4th Peter O'Toole 8th
Film with the most nominations Mutiny on the Bounty
(nominated: Clark Gable , Franchot Tone and Charles Laughton )
3 The fist in the neck
The godfather
The godfather II
3 The fist in the neck
The godfather
The godfather II
Oldest winner Henry Fonda 76 Christopher Plummer 82 Christopher Plummer 82
Oldest nominee Anthony Hopkins 83 Christopher Plummer 88 Christopher Plummer 88
Youngest winner Adrien Brody 29 Timothy Hutton 20th Timothy Hutton 20th
Youngest nominee Jackie Cooper 9 Justin Henry 8th Justin Henry 8th

Films qualify for an Oscar in the year following their release. Titanic, released in 1997, was nominated for the 1998 Academy Awards . The table below shows the winners according to the year they were awarded.

Special features and records


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1929 Emil Jannings His last command
The way of all flesh
Richard Barthelmess for The Night Without Hope
Richard Barthelmess for The World in Flames
Warner Baxter In Old Arizona Lewis Stone for The Patriot
Chester Morris for Alibi
Paul Muni for The Valiant
George Bancroft for you called him Thunderbolt
George Arliss Disraeli George Arliss for The Green Goddess
Wallace Beery for Hell Behind Bars
Maurice Chevalier for The Big Pond
Maurice Chevalier for Love Parade
Ronald Colman for Bulldog Drummond
Ronald Colman for Escape from Devil's Island
Lawrence Tibbett for Bandit Song


In 1933 there was no Academy Awards.

year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1931 Lionel Barrymore The courage to be lucky Jackie Cooper for Skippy
Richard Dix for Pioneers of the Wild West
Fredric March for The Royal Family of Broadway
Adolphe Menjou for The Front Page
1932 Wallace Beery The champ Alfred Lunt for The Guardsman
Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1934 Charles Laughton Henry VIII's private life Leslie Howard for Berkeley Square
Paul Muni for Hunt for James A.
1935 Clark Gable It happened in one night Frank Morgan for The Affairs of Cellini
William Powell for The Thin Man
1936 Victor McLaglen The traitor Clark Gable for Mutiny on the Bounty
Charles Laughton for Mutiny on the Bounty
Paul Muni for In Blind Fury
Franchot Tone for Mutiny on the Bounty
1937 Paul Muni Louis Pasteur Gary Cooper for Mr. Deeds goes to town
Walter Huston for Time of Love, Time of Farewell
William Powell for My Husband Godfrey
Spencer Tracy for San Francisco
1938 Spencer Tracy Manuel Charles Boyer for Maria Walewska
Fredric March for Ein Stern geht auf
Robert Montgomery for Night Must Fall
Paul Muni for Das Leben des Emile Zola
1939 Bastards Charles Boyer for Algiers
James Cagney for Chicago - Angels with Dirty Faces
Robert Donat for The Citadel
Leslie Howard for The Novel of a Flower Girl
1940 Robert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips Clark Gable for Gone With the Wind
Laurence Olivier for Storm Heights
Mickey Rooney for Music Is Our World
James Stewart for Mr. Smith goes to Washington


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1941 James Stewart The night before the wedding Charles Chaplin for The Great Dictator
Henry Fonda for The Fruits of Wrath
Raymond Massey for Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence Olivier for Rebecca
1942 Gary Cooper Sergeant York Cary Grant for Chords of Love
Walter Huston for The Devil and Daniel Webster
Robert Montgomery for Vacation From Heaven
Orson Welles for Citizen Kane
1943 James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy Ronald Colman for Found Years
Gary Cooper for The Great Litter
Walter Pidgeon for Mrs. Miniver
Monty Woolley for The Pied Piper
1944 Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine Humphrey Bogart for Casablanca
Gary Cooper for Whom the Hour Strikes
Walter Pidgeon for Madame Curie
Mickey Rooney for And Life Goes On
1945 Bing Crosby The way to luck Charles Boyer for The House of Lady Alquist
Barry Fitzgerald for The Path to Happiness
Cary Grant for None But the Lonely Heart
Alexander Knox for Wilson
1946 Ray Milland The lost weekend Bing Crosby for The Bells of St. Mary
Gene Kelly for Hollywood Vacation
Gregory Peck for Keys to Heaven
Cornel Wilde for Polonaise
1947 Fredric March The best years of our life Laurence Olivier for Heinrich V.
Larry Parks for The Jazz Singer
Gregory Peck for The Wilderness Calls
James Stewart for Isn't Life Beautiful?
1948 Ronald Colman A double life John Garfield for Chasing Millions
Gregory Peck for Taboo of the Righteous
William Powell for Our Lives with Father
Michael Redgrave for Mourning Becomes Electra
1949 Laurence Olivier Hamlet Lew Ayres for Silent Lips
Montgomery Clift for The Geographed
Dan Dailey for When My Baby Smiles at Me
Clifton Webb for Belvedere, the misunderstood genius
1950 Broderick Crawford The man who wanted to rule Kirk Douglas for Between Women and Ropes
Gregory Peck for Commander
Richard Todd for Counted Hours
John Wayne for You Were Our Comrade


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1951 José Ferrer The last musketeer Louis Calhern for The Magnificent Yankee
William Holden for Twilight Boulevard
James Stewart for My Friend Harvey
Spencer Tracy for Father of the Bride
1952 Humphrey Bogart African Queen Marlon Brando for Endstation Sehnsucht
Montgomery Clift for A Place in the Sun
Arthur Kennedy for Victory Over Darkness
Fredric March for The Death of a Salesman
1953 Gary Cooper Twelve o'clock at noon Marlon Brando for Viva Zapata!
Kirk Douglas for City of Illusions
José Ferrer for Moulin Rouge
Alec Guinness for Happiness came overnight
1954 William Holden Stalag 17 Marlon Brando for Julius Caesar
Richard Burton for The Robe
Montgomery Clift for Damned and Eternal
Burt Lancaster for Damned and Eternal
1955 Marlon Brando The fist on the neck Humphrey Bogart for The Caine Was Her Destiny
Bing Crosby for A Country Girl
James Mason for A New Star In The Sky
Dan O'Herlihy for Robinson Crusoe
1956 Ernest Borgnine Marty James Cagney for Tyrannical Love
James Dean for Beyond Eden
Frank Sinatra for The Man With the Golden Arm
Spencer Tracy for City in Fear
1957 Yul Brynner The king and me James Dean for Giants
Kirk Douglas for Vincent van Gogh - A Life of Passion
Rock Hudson for Giants
Laurence Olivier for Richard III.
1958 Alec Guinness The bridge on the River Kwai Marlon Brando for Sayonara
Anthony Franciosa for Poisonous Snow
Charles Laughton for Witness on the Prosecution
Anthony Quinn for Wild is the Wind
1959 David Niven Separate from table and bed Tony Curtis for Escape in Chains
Paul Newman for The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sidney Poitier for Escape in Chains
Spencer Tracy for The Old Man and the Sea
1960 Charlton Heston Ben Hur Laurence Harvey for The Way Up
Jack Lemmon for Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni for The Wrath of the Just
James Stewart for Anatomy of a Murder


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1961 Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry Trevor Howard for Sons and Lovers
Jack Lemmon for Das Appartement
Laurence Olivier for The Comedian
Spencer Tracy for Who Sows the Wind
1962 Maximilian Schell Judgment of Nuremberg Spencer Tracy for Judgment from Nuremberg
Stuart Whitman for Branded
Charles Boyer for Fanny
Paul Newman for Sharks of the Big City
1963 Gregory Peck Who disturbs the nightingale Burt Lancaster for The Prisoner of Alcatraz
Jack Lemmon for The Days of Wine and Roses
Marcello Mastroianni for Divorce in Italian
Peter O'Toole for Lawrence of Arabia
1964 Sidney Poitier Lilies in the field Albert Finney for Tom Jones - Between Bed and Gallows
Richard Harris for Alluring Laurel
Rex Harrison for Cleopatra
Paul Newman for The Wildest Among Thousand
1965 Rex Harrison My fair lady Richard Burton for Becket
Peter O'Toole for Becket
Anthony Quinn for Alexis Sorbas
Peter Sellers for Dr. Strange or: How I Learned to Love the Bomb
1966 Lee Marvin Cat Ballou - You should hang out in Wyoming Richard Burton for The Spy Who Came Out of the Cold
Laurence Olivier for Othello
Rod Steiger for The Pawnbroker
Oskar Werner for The Ship of Fools
1967 Paul Scofield A man for every season Alan Arkin for The Russians are coming! The Russians are Coming!
Richard Burton for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael Caine for The Seducer sends his best regards
Steve McQueen for Gunboat on the Yangtze River
1968 Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night Warren Beatty for Bonnie and Clyde
Dustin Hoffman for The Graduation
Paul Newman for The Indomitable
Spencer Tracy for Guess Who's Over to Eat
1969 Cliff Robertson Charly Alan Arkin for The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Alan Bates for A Man Like Job
Ron Moody for Oliver
Peter O'Toole for The Lion in Winter
1970 John Wayne The Marshal Richard Burton for Queen for a Thousand Days
Dustin Hoffman for Asphalt Cowboy
Peter O'Toole for Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Jon Voight for Asphalt Cowboy


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1971 George C. Scott
(award declined)
Patton - rebel in uniform Melvyn Douglas for No Song for My Father
James Earl Jones for The Great White Hope
Jack Nicholson for Five Easy Pieces - A Man Seeks Himself
Ryan O'Neal for Love Story
1972 Gene Hackman French Connection - Brooklyn Focal Point Peter Finch for Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Walter Matthau for Grandpa can't help but
George C. Scott for Hospital
Chaim Topol for Anatevka
1973 Marlon Brando
(award declined)
The Godfather Michael Caine for Murder With Small Mistakes
Laurence Olivier for Murder With Small Mistakes
Peter O'Toole for The Ruling Class
Paul Winfield for The Year Without a Father
1974 Jack Lemmon Save the tiger Marlon Brando for The Last Tango in Paris
Jack Nicholson for The Last Command
Al Pacino for Serpico
Robert Redford for The Clou
1975 Kind Carney Harry and Tonto Albert Finney for Murder on the Orient Express
Dustin Hoffman for Lenny
Jack Nicholson for Chinatown
Al Pacino for The Godfather - Part II
1976 Jack Nicholson One flew over the cuckoo's nest Walter Matthau for The Sunny Boys
Al Pacino for Hundstage
Maximilian Schell for The Man in the Glass Booth
James Whitmore for Give 'em Hell, Harry!
1977 Peter Finch
Network Robert De Niro for Taxi Driver
Giancarlo Giannini for Seven Beauties
William Holden for Network
Sylvester Stallone for Rocky
1978 Richard Dreyfuss The lodger Woody Allen for Der Stadtneurotiker
Richard Burton for Equus - Blind Horses
Marcello Mastroianni for A Special Day
John Travolta for Saturday Night Fever
1979 Jon Voight Coming Home - you are coming home Warren Beatty for Heaven Should Wait
Gary Busey for The Buddy Holly Story
Robert De Niro for Those Who Go Through Hell
Laurence Olivier for The Boys from Brazil
1980 Dustin Hoffman Kramer versus Kramer Jack Lemmon for The China Syndrome
Al Pacino for … and Justice for All
Roy Scheider for Behind the Spotlight
Peter Sellers for Welcome Mr. Chance


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1981 Robert De Niro Like a wild bull Robert Duvall for The Great Santini
John Hurt for The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon for A Summer in Manhattan
Peter O'Toole for The Long Death of the Stuntman Cameron
1982 Henry Fonda At the golden lake Warren Beatty for Reds
Burt Lancaster for Atlantic City, USA
Dudley Moore for Arthur - No Child of Sadness
Paul Newman for The Sensational Reporter
1983 Ben Kingsley Gandhi Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie
Jack Lemmon for Missing
Paul Newman for The Verdict - The Truth and Nothing But the Truth
Peter O'Toole for A Daredevil in New York
1984 Robert Duvall Love comeback Michael Caine for Rita finally wants to know
Tom Conti for Ruben, Ruben
Tom Courtenay for An Unequal Couple
Albert Finney for An Unequal Couple
1985 F. Murray Abraham Amadeus Jeff Bridges for Starman
Albert Finney for Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce for Amadeus
Sam Waterston for The Killing Fields
1986 William Hurt Kiss the spider woman Harrison Ford for The Only Witness
James Garner for The Second Choice
Jack Nicholson for The Honor Of The Prizzis
Jon Voight for Runaway Train
1987 Paul Newman The color of money Dexter Gordon for Midnight
Bob Hoskins for Mona Lisa
William Hurt for God's Forgotten Children
James Woods for Salvador
1988 Michael Douglas Wall street William Hurt for News Fever - Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni for Black Eyes
Jack Nicholson for Spurge
Robin Williams for Good Morning, Vietnam
1989 Dustin Hoffman Rain Man Gene Hackman for Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks for Big
Edward James Olmos for Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow for Pelle, the Conqueror
1990 Daniel Day-Lewis My left foot Kenneth Branagh for Henry V.
Tom Cruise for Born July 4th
Morgan Freeman for Miss Daisy and her chauffeur
Robin Williams for The Dead Poets Club


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1991 Jeremy Irons The Sunny von B. Kevin Costner for The Dances with Wolves
Robert De Niro for Time of Awakening
Gérard Depardieu for Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris for Das Feld
1992 Anthony Hopkins The silence of the Lambs Warren Beatty for Bugsy
Robert De Niro for Cape Fear
Nick Nolte for Lord of the Tides
Robin Williams for King of the Fishermen
1993 Al Pacino The fragrance of women Robert Downey Jr. for Chaplin
Clint Eastwood for Merciless
Stephen Rea for The Crying Game
Denzel Washington for Malcolm X
1994 Tom Hanks Philadelphia Daniel Day-Lewis for In the Name of Father
Laurence Fishburne for Tina - What's Love Got to Do with It?
Anthony Hopkins for What's Left of the Day,
Liam Neeson for Schindler's List
1995 Forrest Gump Morgan Freeman for The Condemned
Nigel Hawthorne for King George - A Kingdom for More Mind
Paul Newman for Nobody's Fool - Permanently Irresistible
John Travolta for Pulp Fiction
1996 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Richard Dreyfuss for Mr. Holland's Opus
Anthony Hopkins for Nixon
Sean Penn for Dead Man Walking - His Last Walk
Massimo Troisi for Der Postmann
1997 Geoffrey Rush Shine - the way into light Tom Cruise for Jerry Maguire - Game of Life
Ralph Fiennes for The English Patient
Woody Harrelson for Larry Flynt - The Naked Truth
Billy Bob Thornton for Sling Blade - A Razor Edge
1998 Jack Nicholson It doesn't get any better than that Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting
Robert Duvall for Apostle!
Peter Fonda for Ulee's Gold
Dustin Hoffman for Wag the Dog
1999 Roberto Benigni Life is Beautiful Tom Hanks for Saving Private Ryan
Ian McKellen for Gods and Monsters
Nick Nolte for The Hunted
Edward Norton for American History X
2000 Kevin Spacey American Beauty Russell Crowe for Insider
Richard Farnsworth for A True Story - The Straight Story
Sean Penn for Sweet and Lowdown
Denzel Washington for Hurricane


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2001 Russell Crowe gladiator Javier Bardem for Before Night Falls
Tom Hanks for Cast Away
Ed Harris for Pollock
Geoffrey Rush for Quills
2002 Denzel Washington Training Day Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind
Sean Penn for I'm Sam
Will Smith for Ali
Tom Wilkinson for In the Bedroom
2003 Adrien Brody The pianist Nicolas Cage for Adaptation - The Orchid Thief
Michael Caine for The Quiet American
Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt
2004 Sean Penn Mystic River Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean
Ben Kingsley for House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law for On the Road to Cold Mountain
Bill Murray for Lost in Translation
2005 Jamie Foxx Ray Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp for When Dreams Learn To Fly
Leonardo DiCaprio for Aviator
Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby
2006 Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line
David Strathairn for Good Night, and Good Luck
2007 Forest Whitaker The last king of Scotland Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole for Venus
Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happiness
2008 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood George Clooney for Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones for In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen for Deadly Promises - Eastern Promises
2009 Sean Penn Milk Richard Jenkins for A Summer in New York - The Visitor
Frank Langella for Frost / Nixon
Brad Pitt for The Strange Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
2010 Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart George Clooney for Up in the Air
Colin Firth for A Single Man
Morgan Freeman for Invictus - Undefeated
Jeremy Renner for Deadly Command - The Hurt Locker


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2011 Colin Firth The King's Speech Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
James Franco for 127 Hours
2012 Jean Dujardin The Artist Demián Bichir for A Better Life
George Clooney for The Descendants - Family and Other Affairs
Gary Oldman for Queen, King, Ace, Spy
Brad Pitt for The Art of Winning - Moneyball
2013 Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Denzel Washington for Flight
2014 Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Christian Bale for American Hustle
Bruce Dern for Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
2015 Eddie Redmayne The discovery of infinity Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Power of Cluelessness)
2016 Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant Bryan Cranston for Trumbo
Matt Damon for The Martian - Saves Mark Watney
Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
2017 Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge -
Ryan Gosling decided for La La Land
Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic - Once in the wilderness and back
Denzel Washington for Fences
2018 Gary Oldman The darkest hour Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis for Der silk thread
Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out
Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq. - The truth and nothing but the truth
2019 Rami Malek Bohemian Rhapsody Christian Bale for Vice - The second man
Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe for Van Gogh - On the threshold of eternity
Viggo Mortensen for Green Book - A special friendship
2020 Joaquin Phoenix joker Antonio Banderas for Sorrow and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver for Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2021 Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins for The Father
Gary Oldman for Mank
Steven Yeun for Minari - Where We Put Down Roots

Individual evidence

  1. Oscar fast facts